Projects

The following are descriptions of a sampling of YSI's current projects:

Evaluations of 21st Century Community Learning Centers
YSI is currently implementing multi-year evaluations of seven 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school projects which aim to provide needed youth development and academic enrichment services to students attending New York City public schools. Collectively, these programs are serving approximately 5,000 students attending 28 separate New York City elementary and middle schools. These comprehensive evaluations assess the impact afterschool programs have in supporting participants' academic, social, and personal development.

Evaluation of Harlem School Partnership for STEM Education (HSP)
YSI is currently evaluating the Harlem Schools Partnership for STEM Education (HSP), a collaboration of Teachers College (TC) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University to improve STEM education in New York City public schools through a variety of professional development strategies that strengthen curriculum, increase teacher knowledge of STEM content and teaching practices, diversify assessment of student learning, and ensure that English Language Learners are successful in STEM.

Evaluation of the American Museum of Natural History Professional Development Initiative
YSI is currently conducting an evaluation of The American Museum of Natural History's new professional development initiative supporting middle and high school teachers working in New York State. With support from The Louis Calder Foundation, the Museum is designing and implementing a variety of professional development resources and workshops designed to help teachers make effective use of the Museum's exhibits. Specifically, the Museum is piloting a series of four professional development workshops focusing on different Museum halls, and corresponding teacher guides that provide educators with hands-on, practical support they need to successfully scaffold their students' inquiry-based learning experiences in the Museum.

Evaluation of Brooklyn College’s GEAR UP Program
Brooklyn College, a senior college of the City University of New York, operates a GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program serving approximately 500 students attending two Brooklyn high schools. The program provides tutoring, mentoring, and college planning services to a single grade cohort (students entering the 10th grade in September). YSI has served as the lead evaluator of the program for the past three years, collecting relevant data to gauge Brooklyn College’s progress towards meeting its goals and objectives.

Evaluation of the National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR)
YSI is collaborating with Bank Street College of Education and the Education Development Center (EDC) to conduct a five-year evaluation of the NCCLR, a national technical assistance center that will work to develop and implement practices that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic characteristics of children and families involved in Head Start programs.

Evaluation of Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science (BRIDGES)
YSI is conducting a five-year evaluation of BRIDGES, a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Salvadori Center, a not-for-profit educational organization that uses architecture and engineering to help students in schools and out-of-school time programs to master mathematics, science, arts, and the humanities. BRIDGES is an afterschool program currently operating in ten NYCHA community centers that aims to use investigations of the built environment to introduce and reinforce STEM concepts and skills. Most of the participants in BRIDGES are themselves residents of the public housing developments where these community centers are located.

Evaluation of a Site-based Youth Mentoring Program (RAMP Up)
YSI is conducting a two-year evaluation of RAMP Up, a one-on-one site-based youth mentoring program created and managed by The After-School Corporation.

Developing an Evaluation Strategy for Urban Teacher Residency Programs
YSI is partnering with the consulting firm 2Revolutions to help Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU) develop a national evaluation strategy. UTRU is a network of teacher residency programs that pair master’s-level education coursework with a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship under the guidance of an experienced mentor teacher. YSI and 2Revolutions have collaborated with UTRU member organizations to develop a set of common success metrics to capture historic work, in order to better understand both program impact and lessons learned from program development.